ALEC Has Theirs. Now They Want Yours.

The massive amounts of money America’s rich spend to keep from paying taxes seems as irrational as it is obsessively ideological. There’s something creepily cultish about it. This week’s massive leak of corporate-written model legislation from the Koch brothers-financed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has further exposed the depth and breadth of the corporate capture of what was once billed as government of, by, and for the people.

Koch & AFP's dirty war against clean energy

The battle lines are being drawn, and we're right in the middle:

The war over America’s coastal-energy future has officially begun, and the result could determine whether we see wind turbines or catastrophic oil spills along our coastlines in coming years.

This isn't just about offshore contraptions, though: The Koch brothers make the bulk of their money from pipelines, quite often of the rusty and leaky type, which the East Coast has (so far) not had to worry about as much as other regions. That could change, and very soon.

Voter ID may in fact reduce the GOP-targeted turnout

Greensboro News and Record editorial writer Doug Clark called Myers Park Pat McCrory out for making a pitch for voter ID that "is phony, contrived, calculated to arouse the gullible."

The barrage of false arguments made on McCrory's behalf include not only false comparisons between requiring a photo id to vote and for check cashing, but also includes an attempt to raise ACORN and its voter registration drives from the dead.

The election-day specter ACORN raises for the Republican right to whom this McCrory campaign is apparently pitched, is of higher turnout among voters hostile to the GOP, among them, black voters in general. The political calculus is clear. The latest Public Policy Polling results indicate that 68% of them favor incumbent Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, while only 12% favor McCrory.

McCrory scaremongering trashes NC Constitution

Myers Park Pat shifts into campaign mode, pandering to the racist right. Via email.

We go to the bank to cash a check and we have to show a photo ID. We're asked to show a photo ID when we board a plane or even to attend a movie. In some cases we have to show an ID to buy certain types of cold medicine, or even a can of spray paint. But in North Carolina, we don't have to show a photo ID when we go to vote for our state and national leaders.

And for good reason. There's no evidence of voter fraud in North Carolina. None. And even if there were, Voter ID is a constitutionally impermissible barrier to the exercise of voting rights, designed by Republicans to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

From Watauga Watch

Article VI, Section 1 of the North Carolina Constitution: "Every person born in the United States and every person who has been naturalized, 18 years of age, and possessing the qualifications set out in this Article, SHALL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE at any election by the people of the State, except as herein otherwise provided.”

Article VI goes on to establish the "herein otherwise provided," outlining that those who are citizens, those who’ve lived in their precinct for at least 30 days, and those who are not felons may register to vote and are eligible to vote.

There is no word there about having to show an i.d. and, in fact, there is instead an explicit declaration that registered voters “SHALL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE EXCEPT AS HEREIN OTHERWISE PROVIDED.”

Article VI, Section 3 says, “Every person offering to vote shall be at the time legally registered as a voter as herein prescribed and in the manner provided by law. The General Assembly shall enact general laws governing the registration of voters.”

In other words, the state’s Constitution allows legislative laws to govern voter registration, but it does not grant the authority to legislate for additional requirements for casting a vote by a legally registered voter, like state-issued photo i.d.s.

No one is trying to steal your vote, except for the NC GOP.

Charles Koch, Art Pope: Wannabe chancellors

Rich libertarians and their strings.

A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university. A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting "political economy and free enterprise."

Koch and Pope don't just oppose government meddling in business. They oppose government doing almost anything. With regard to university hiring, has the Puppy Master's influence at NCSU, especially in economics, risen to the level of Koch's influence at Florida State? I don't know. Maybe someone from the university can illuminate us on the subject. The saga continues.

10 strikes (S.978) creates outcry on Youtube!

A few weeks ago Demand Progress sent out an action alert about S.978, or as it has become known: the 10 Strikes bill. Within days, hundreds of youtube users began to post their own videos in opposition to the bill. It was a veritable youtube mass-protest.

Demand Progress has recently posted a video to showcase these protests and help educate others on the ills of this bill.

Go check out the video on youtube and then sign our petition here!

John Hood calls out Republicans on gerrymandering

It’s a Republican gerrymander, pure and simple.

Hat tip to Ed Cone for pointing in the direction of the Carolina Journal, where John Hood calls a spade a spade in the case of Republican redistricting shenanigans. He's a little late to the party, but has arrived nonetheless. Hood deserves full credit for taking this principled stand.

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